Judy Heumann (1947–2023) Disability rights champion… and my special bond with her

Miriam Kurtzig Freedman, JD, MA
4 min readMar 7, 2023

Judy Heumann died this week at the age of 75. Due to polio, she was wheelchair bound and she became a powerful advocate and champion in the fight for rights for people with disabilities — for more than 50 years! Have you heard of her? Her name is all over media right now. Check it out! https://www.nytimes.com/2023/0...

If you work in education, especially special education, you may remember that during the Clinton administration, she served as head of OSEP — Office of Special Education…

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Miriam Kurtzig Freedman, JD, MA

Miriam Kurtzig Freedman, JD, MA, is a reformer, thought leader, lawyer, and author. Check out her book, Special Education 2.0 and her medicine bottle art!